Original Chinese Language Article: By Liu Lin (刘林)
Photograph: By Peng Hua Ming (彭华明)
Source: Beijing Entertainment News
(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)
Yesterday, (8.4.08), after 1500 years of history, the Shaolin Temple opened the door of its ‘meditation hall’ so that 36 ‘gongfu stars’ – dressed as novice monks – could attend a disciplined meditation session led by the fully ordain monks, and learn about the rigours and hardships associated with the Shaolin tradition. For many who had only practiced the outer art of gongfu, this was a totally new experience, as they learned about the strict rules and regulations that govern the Shaolin Temple and regulate the lives of its monks. This was a Ch’an Week Retreat that saw the participants enter and leave the ‘meditation hall’ a number of times, gaining a new experience with each visit.
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